DNF if you’re “bio” transgender

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My name is Lauren, and I’m sixteen years old. I was assigned female at birth, but I am transgender. My pronouns are she/her/hers and they/them/theirs. I label myself as genderfluid because my gender fluctuates between other gender identities such as male, female, agender, etc.

I’ve known I wasn’t a girl for a few years now; however, I have not come out to my family and I have no plans to do so in the foreseeable future. Why? Because I live in East Tennessee (you know… one of the many Southern states that hate transgender people).

Although I’m not proud to be trans, I’m not ashamed either — it’s just me. It’s a label that expresses how I identify; a label that makes me more comfortable with myself. I am transgender because I am not the gender that was pre-determined for me when I was a newborn.

I am in the closet because I choose to be. Because I am afraid.

But more and more LGBTQ+ people have started coming out of the closet. They’ve started receiving the recognition and representation that they deserve, and that makes me happy. I am so proud of my fellow community members for coming so far, and I wish them all the best in their journey.

It is an amazing thing to be able to be your authentic self. To express yourself and to live as you would like to live. To have happiness.

It’s such a shame that many people don’t feel the same way I do.

Transphobes have existed for a long time. They’re part of our governments, they work with us at our jobs, and they even live alongside us in our own homes. They are our parents, our neighbors, our employers, our senators, social media influencers — they exist everywhere and they have a lot to say about us.

Surprisingly enough, transphobes never personally affected me. Yeah, I get pissed off when transphobes like Matt Walsh are put on TV shows with millions of viewers (thanks Dr. Phil), but I never took it personally. Yeah, I do get pissed off when Knoxville governor Bill Lee excludes us from gender-affirming care, but again, I never took it personally. It was just their hate for us being publicly expressed.

Many transphobes hate us for existing. Many transphobes want us dead. I barely bat an eye when somebody tells me that I’m too young to know my gender identity or that trans people are rapists, child-murderers, or pedophiles.

But when I learned of  “bio trans” people, something changed.

In case you are unfamiliar with this term, “bio trans” stands for “biologically transgender.” This is, of course, impossible to identify as, since being transgender is identifying as a gender that you weren’t assigned at birth (male or female). Transgender people can be MTF, FTM, agender, non-binary, genderfluid, genderqueer, etc. Cisgender people are the opposite of trans people — they are either male or female.

I happened to find some of these “bio trans” people on Twitter. I stumbled across some absolutely sickening accounts proclaiming how “real” transgender people are sexist and want to take away women’s rights. After about 30 minutes of utter confusion, I did a little digging. I found out what these people represent and that there is a whole community of them.

I am enraged. These transphobes are quite literally roleplaying as transgender people to prove some kind of “point.” They are taking the serious issues that we face every day and they mock us. They discriminate against us and then cry wolf when we stand up for ourselves. They don’t care about the consequences of their actions; to them, the entire transgender community is a joke.

The fact that these people exist does not surprise me. What does surprise me is the extent to which they are willing to go to ruin somebody’s day and to spread misinformation about us. To form an entire hate-filled community seeking to harm us.

So please, if you happen to be “biologically transgender” and you find my Twitter account, do not follow me. You are a disgusting human being.

lauren barton

i like to think that i'm a journalist.

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